For an Empath, learning to control the mind is prerequisite to a happy, healthy life. It is after all thoughts that create your outlook on reality.
As thoughts and feelings are interconnected, the way you think about anything is how you feel about it. Thoughts trigger emotions both positive and negative.
Your thoughts are catalyst to building feelings of anger, fear or sadness, etc. Yet, what some don’t realise is you have a choice over the thoughts you indulge.
A busy mind has one thought after another flowing through.
It is said that the average person has about 35 thoughts a minute.
Thoughts keep you up at night and wake you in the morning. They take over your mind when driving (how often have you got somewhere without remembering the journey?) and distract you from life.
Being able to still the mind may take time and effort but, in doing so, you ignite your inner-power as an Empath! And one of the best ways to do this is through meditation.
By meditating, it does not mean you will never have thoughts again. You simply gain greater control over those you chose to focus on. This ultimately prevents us getting lost in the type of thoughts that trigger painful emotions. Which is especially beneficial to the Empath, who soak up the thoughts and emotions of others like a sponge, and also have their own to deal with.
There are many types of meditation to try, and they don’t all involve sitting on the floor in the lotus position. There is a type to suit each Empath: chanting, breath-work, visualisation, trance, etc.
You don’t have to stay in doors either. You can do a walking meditation where you externalise your awareness and focus on everything around you. e.g.: your feet on the grass as you walk or the trees and clouds in the sky above you.
When practised with awareness, yoga is a moving meditation that unites body, mind and spirit and is a good option for those who do not like to sit still.
Unlike in relaxation, you don’t want to fall asleep in meditation. This is the time to quieten a busy mind through your own intention; if you fall asleep, you lose that opportunity.
When you first start meditating, you often find your mind chatter steps up a gear. It feels like the world and his wife has taken up residence in your head… all with very loud voices. This is often your egoic mind at work wanting to stay in control of your thought process. This is entirely normal, albeit somewhat frustrating. And, just like turbulence on a plane, when you push through you eventually climb above it… then, all becomes calm, smooth and serene.
A regular meditation practise is essential if you want to reap the full benefits because, as with anything in life, good things don’t happen overnight. The more we practice the calmer our thoughts and emotions become.
Not only is meditation a must for gaining control of the mind it is another great technique for balancing the chakras (Read here how unbalanced chakras destroys the Empath).
Meditation is anti-ageing, de-stressing to the body and an incredible aid to sleep — especially when done in darkness.
Meditating in the dark helps keep the pineal gland (third eye) healthy, which in turn keeps the production of melatonin balanced.
What Does Melatonin Do?
Melatonin is known as the anti-ageing hormone and is produced by the pineal gland (area of third eye) in the darkness. It is a naturally occurring hormone that regulates the sleep cycle.
It is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and helps prevent, and treat, many illnesses including cancer.
Those suffering insomnia or with mild sleeping difficulties are thought to have a melatonin deficiency.
The immune system does most of its work at night and is believed to be interlinked with the production of melatonin. When melatonin levels are suppressed, illness occurs.
As we age melatonin production decreases. Scientists believe this reduction is interrelated to ageing and age-related disorders.
To produce more melatonin you need spend more time in complete darkness. However, these days there is so much light pollution that sleeping in darkness is not so easy to do anymore.
Because of the street lights, even with the curtains closed, your bedrooms tend to stay on the light side. This hinders the production of melatonin and leads to a less than restful night’s sleep.
Studies have shown that meditation, done in complete darkness, before bedtime increases production of melatonin and produces enough to last the night. This can be further aided by focusing on the third-eye (centre of forehead) during meditation, which in turn stimulates the pineal gland.
To begin a meditation practise, it is best to plan a set time every day. Perhaps start with ten minutes and build to twenty or thirty.
Having no distractions is important. If you think someone will walk in and disturb you, that’s all you’ll think about when you’re supposed to be meditating.
If there is a lot of external noise, pop some earphones in and play some gentle music, or listen to a guided meditation… As long as you practice regularly you will continue to see the many benefits unfold.
Hope this helps on your Empath journey.
Until next time..
©Diane Kathrine at Empaths Empowered
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